Outside of the United States, AT&T does not sell its phones. There’s a slim chance the phone was sold legally if it was first offered by AT&T and you bought it in another country.
Only if a phone was originally sold for AT&T can it be blacklisted or carrier locked by AT&T. That means whoever sold it to you either found it, obtained it from an AT&T customer, or purchased it and promptly defaulted on their account.
To put it another way, either AT&T or the original owner had the right and cause to put it on the Blacklist. You were duped.
If your phone has been reported lost or stolen, AT&T will be unable to assist you.
What happens if I don’t make a payment to AT&T?
The only thing you have to do is pay for your phone. If you just stop paying, your service will be paused at first, then cancelled. You’ll have to pay for the phone as well as any other expenditures you didn’t cover. As previously said, your credit will almost certainly be wrecked.
If I don’t pay, would AT&T lock my iPhone?
The phone is compatible with ATT and its MVNOs, such as Cricket.
It will be locked until the debt is paid off.
I’m assuming you want to open it.
You must request that the seller pay for the phone.
They may do it with your money, which means the phone will eventually be unlocked.
You’re trapped if they don’t pay it off and won’t accept a return because it wasn’t sold as paid off and unlocking.
ATT cannot and will not access or accept money from a third party since accounts are private.
The original purchaser is exclusively responsible for the payment of the phone and the associated bill.
Is it possible to activate a phone with an outstanding balance?
Pre-owned phones can only be activated if they haven’t been reported stolen. If the phone you’re activating has an unpaid or outstanding balance, it will be moved to the new account and included in the next payment, unless the service provider specifies otherwise.
Is it possible for AT&T to put phones on a blacklist?
If you called AT&T or blacklisted it online, you must contact AT&T again to have it removed from The Blacklist. AT&T can remove your phone off The Blacklist if you did not file an insurance claim and had it replaced.
What happens if you buy a phone that you don’t have the money to pay for?
If you don’t pay off your phone and don’t make payments, it will most likely be banned, and the buyer won’t be able to use it. This could result in a slew of issues, including legal issues. Some stores specialize in buying phones that are locked, blacklisted, or financed.
Is it possible to go back to AT&T if I owe them money?
To begin with, you acknowledge that bad debts are sold to third parties, but you don’t understand why AT&T doesn’t have access to your bad debt so that you can pay it off?
Customers have 14 days after commencing service to return devices and cancel service, and they are only responsible for the current month’s monthly charges and restock fees.
This is what you do if the coverage you have does not meet your requirements. AT&T was not required to waive any ETF if you were past the 14-day mark. After 14 days, anyone who said they would was proven wrong.
Finally, it appears that you acknowledge that the debt is yours, and that AT&T still wants you to pay it off.
Is AT&T willing to take you to court?
You can’t sue AT&T in a real court because of your AT&T contract, but you can still defend your case in small claims court. Most states allow you to suit in small claims court for a sum between $2,500 to $10,000, which is sufficient for most AT&T disputes. If you file a small claims lawsuit against AT&T, the business is likely to try to settle the dispute without going to court.
If you’re ready to put in the time and effort to see a matter to to its completion, small claims is an excellent option. The amount of money sought for recovery isn’t always worth the time, effort, and expense of going to a small claims court hearing.
How can I tell whether my AT&T iPhone is on the blacklist?
The fact that you purchased a sealed box is irrelevant.
It’s still possible that a phone was stolen or that it was reported missing as part of an insurance fraud scheme.
Because I doubt Shopping China or Shopping Paris is an authorized AT&T retailer, your receipt means nothing to AT&T.
Also, how did you find out the phone was on AT&T’s blacklist?
A blacklisted phone is blacklisted on all carriers, thus every carrier would respond by blacklisting the phone because it is universal.
If the phone does feature AT&T carrier settings, it was built and sold for use in the United States, thus the fact that it made its way to Paraguay shows that something isn’t quite right.
You are welcome to contact AT&T and plead your case (they don’t do email or text, and they don’t chat if you don’t have an account), but I believe your prospects of success are slim.
The best option is to return the phone and receive a refund.